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  • Early Detection And Prevention Of Common Senior Pet Problems

    Pets are living longer thanks to advances in veterinary care. As pets get older, we need to examine them differently and more often, preferably twice a year (every 6 months). Catching problems early is often the best way to prevent them from becoming more serious. Please take a few minute to read the PDF below describing our recommendations.

    PDF - Porter Animal Hospital Senior Pet Evaluation & Testing

    Geriatric pets can develop many of the same problems seen in older people, such as:

    • Cancer
    • Heart Disease
    • Kidney/Urinary Tract Disease
    • Liver Disease
    • Diabetes
    • Joint or Bone Disease
    • Senility
    • Weakness

    Possible Behavior Changes in Older Pets:

    • Increased reaction to sounds
    • Increased vocalization
    • Confusion
    • Disorientation
    • Decreased interaction w/humans
    • Increased irritability
    • Decreased response to commands
    • Increased aggressive/protective behavior
    • Increased anxiety
    • House soiling
    • Decreased self-hygiene/grooming
    • Repetitive activity
    • Increased wandering
    • Change in sleep cycles
  • Caring For An Aging Pet

    • Keeping his/her weight down (through good nutrition and regular exercise)
    • Keeping his teeth clean (next to obesity, periodontal disease is the one most commonly seen in the vet's office)
    • Getting him/her to the vet for regular check-ups (twice a year - six months apart)
    • Being observant about symptoms that might indicate a health problem and getting prompt and appropriate veterinary attention.